While many workers look forward to taking some time off over the holidays, many bosses dread the decreased productivity--even before vacation starts.
A number of recent surveys appear to only fan the flames of that concern. For instance, a significant percentage of workers plan to spend at least some of their work day shopping online in the weeks leading up to the holidays, according to a November survey from CareerBuilder.
But before you craft an email reminding employees to stay on task, consider this: there's a reason why you hired the employees you did. More often than not, they're trustworthy and conscientious. So if they need to spend a little time shopping online, you might ask yourself: Is it really the worst thing in the world? Chances are it's not. What's more, in all likelihood, it won't wind up sucking the life out of your company's busy season, as people tend to spend an hour or less shopping online.
So, don't be too quick to be a Grinch. As the following infographics from video conferencing company Highfive lay out, here's what your employees are really up to during this most wonderful time of the year:
Infographic courtesy Highfive.